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SMITH, William Stephens, soldier, born in New York city in 1755; died in Lebanon, New York, 10 June, 1816. He was graduated at Princeton in 1774, studied law, but entered the Revolutionary army as aide to General John Sullivan, was lieutenant-colonel of the 13th Massachusetts regiment from November, 1778, till March, 1779, and received several wounds while holding this command. He subsequently served for a short time on Baron Steuben's staff, and was aide-de-camp to General Washington from 1781 till the close of the war. He married the only daughter of John Adams, and in 1785 accompanied him on his mission to England as secretary of legation. He was appointed by General Washington marshal of the district of New York in 1789, and afterward surveyor of the port of New York, for three years was a member of the assembly, and sat in congress in 1813-'15. He became secretary of the New York state society of the Cincinnati in 1790, and its president in 1795.
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